A core global outreach activity of the S3 platform is a specific focus on the application of the smart specialisation approach in the external dimension of EU policies. This includes a number of active links with S3-related activities in various third countries. 

There is a particular emphasis on sharing EU experience and expertise, to support capacity building and raising awareness. While sharing EU experience with external partners, these activities can also yield valuable lessons and insights for the EU.In the Asia-Pacific region, specific collaborations have been developed with the government of Thailand and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), while a specific pilot activity has been implemented in Australia.